Andy McGann was walking around in the Susquehanna River when he captured this video of a Least Sandpiper in worn adult plumage settling down after a presumably long flight on its southbound migration. Watch it as it nervously walks around and then eventually settles in once its become more comfortable with its surroundings. Compare it to a video that Andy … Read More
Books can be (and are) written about the ornithological knowledge gained through studies that involve the practice known as “bird banding” (or “ringing” overseas). To put it simply, banding involves the capture and marking of a wild bird with a unique serial number. In the USA and Canada, those numbers are generated by the US Geological Survey’s Bird Banding Laboratory. … Read More
Sometimes you just gotta clean up your eBird locations. Maybe you’ve made personal locations in an area that now has a hotspot and want your data to contribute to the hotspot barcharts and species lists. Follow the tutorial below to learn how to do this.
This morning I decided to run down to Rock Springs Nature Preserve, a wonderfully interesting area of scrubby habitat in southern Lancaster County. I had no more than opened my car door than I heard the harsh chatter of a distant Yellow-breasted Chat. When I walked out about 100 yards into the preserve I realized that there were at least … Read More
One of the cornerstones of the whole eBird system is the idea of hotspots. Hotspots allow people to submit sightings for a common location and this combined effort results in more accurate bar charts for that location. Seasonal distribution for species at hotspots can be calculated based on hundreds or even thousands of checklists rather than the few checklists that … Read More